Tuesday, December 21, 2010

holiday flora

Tokyo friend Motoko always sends smashing Christmas cards. This one is a beautiful papercut showing prunus mume, or Japanese flowering apricot which, with bamboo and pine, is associated with the New Year.

The holly maze in Williamsburg, Virginia, was patterned after one at Hampton Court. I sent the card to a postcrosser in Estonia who is going to gardening school. The holly tree alongside the summer kitchen here is laden with berries this year. I can only imagine what the maze hollies look like.